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Clean Home for Better Health

SANO Editorial

There is peace and satisfaction that comes with being in a clean, non-cluttered environment or home.  Generally speaking people who think their homes are well-organized typically were happy and at ease providing a connection between a clean house and overall mental well-being. Some of the primary benefits a clean home include better sleep, increased probability of eating healthier, rids allergies and toxins, increases overall energy, functionality and productivity, and last but not least, the activity of cleaning your home improves your mind and body.  Below are some of our simple daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly cleaning tasks to keep you feeling your best self.   

Daily Cleaning.   If you’re not making you bed every morning, you’ve set your day up for failure.  There is nothing more rewarding after a long day then climbing into a made bed.  Additional 2-4 minute daily tasks include not leaving dirty dishes in the sink, wiping down counters and bathroom sinks. 

Weekly Cleaning.  We highly value the place where you spend approximately one-third of your life, so why not make sure you have clean sheets on a weekly basis.  Vacuuming and dusting once a week or bi-weekly will remove dust mites and other allergens from your home.  Bathrooms should also be put on your weekly list and you should never use a bathing towel more than three times.  If you can’t find the time to dedicate one day to these tasks, try spreading them out and completing one area per day.

Monthly/Seasonal Cleaning. While rotating seasonal clothing is very common for most on a semi-annual or quarterly basis, we recommend the cleaning of refrigerators, bathroom shelves and your window treatments monthly.  Wipe your refrigerator with a cloth dampened using a mild dishwashing liquid and water. Certain areas like handles and drawers could harbor sticky fingerprints. For stainless-steel surfaces, use commercial stainless-steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain.   We also recommend having your bedroom pillows and comforters laundered at least twice a year.

Yearly Tasks.  Keeping your home clean is an ongoing task, so we recommend stretching out big cleaning projects.  Depending on the size of your home, the people and animals living in it and other environmental factors, the replacement of air filters is imperative at least one if not two times per year.  Air quality is critical to overall good health so make sure the air you are breathing in your home is not overlooked.  Other yearly task include cleaning patio or terrace furniture, oven and the purging of important files and other items that you haven’t used during the past year.

Above is a list of chores and tasks that we recommend for a cleaner mind, body and home.  We recommend you go through the rooms of your home and make your own daily, weekly, monthly/seasonal and yearly checklist to gain peace and tranquility, because at the end of the day you step into your home, close the door and leave the noise, confusion, and chaos outside.


Setting Coconuts Straight

SANO Editorial

Considered a fruit, nut and seed, the coconut is one of those foods we just can’t get enough of.  Wherever you are the thoughts of coconuts immediately transports you to a beautiful tropical coastline with sunny beach and crystal blue waters.  In addition to island runaways, coconuts are also the secret weapon for many health and beauty experts.  In this article we are going to highlight the complex role that coconuts play in diet and health.

Health Studies Evolve.   As studies advance, we continue to learn how the guidance from the “experts” has changed regarding fats.  This can be recognized on the stance of nuts, which previously were considered unhealthy due to the high amounts of fats they contain.

Coconut Oil Composition.  Coconuts are largely made up of saturated fats and contain approximately 62% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  Medium chain fats have a substantive amount of benefits and are metabolized by the body differently from long-chain fats.

MCTs.  Most fats we consume take longer to digest, but MCTs found in coconut oil are the perfect source of energy because they only go through a 3-step process to be turned in fuel, while other fats have a 26-step process!  Unlike long-chain fatty acids found in plant-based oils, MCTs are easier to digest, smaller in size allowing cell permeability, process by the liver meaning they are immediately converted to energy and not stored as fat.

Misconceptions. Many people compare coconut oil to animal fats and that couldn’t be any more inaccurate. Coconut fats and animal fats have very different fatty acid profiles with the one of the main differences being animal fats contain cholesterol while plant-based oils do not. 

Health Benefits and Uses.  Coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits for the body including preventing heart disease and high blood pressure, reduces inflammation and arthritis, cancer prevention, improves memory and brain function, improves digestive properties, enhances energy and endurance, builds muscle and aids in body fat loss, naturally slows aging, various skin conditions, and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

So, the next time you think about coconuts, Piña coladas and the Caribbean, try to think about your overall well-being and incorporate coconut oil into your lifestyle for its many health benefits


2019 Coachella Essentials

SANO Editorial

Coachella 2019 starts today! If you’re preparing for the festival, whether week 1 or week 2, and aren’t sure what to pack--we've got you covered! This survival guide was created to outline all the Coachella essentials you’ll need for the event, the campgrounds, as well as what you should not be packing (there are a lot of confiscations at this event).  

Festival Requirements

  • Official Coachella App: This app is required to activate your wristbands for the festival, and should be activated upon arrival to the campgrounds.
  • Wristband: IDs are unique and should be guarded with your life. It contains a RFID chip that is scanned upon entry into the campground check-in and into the venue.
  • Car Camping Pass: Car camping passes also contain RFID chips that are linked to the original wristbands they were originally ordered with.

Personal Items: Inside Coachella

  • Dress: It will be hot, very hot! You should dress for the heat wearing comfortable, breathing clothes.  Be sure to pack a hat, comfortable shoes, and a bandana for not only the style, but also the high amounts of dust. The evenings can be pretty cool, so pack a light jacket or sweatshirt.
  • Sunglasses: The desert is bright! If you want to have a unique experience, purchase some diffraction glasses, which provide a different perspective of the lights at night.
  • Hydration: It is very important to remember to HYDRATE while in the dessert partying.  We can’t stress this enough and recommend purchasing a Camelbak to aid in water consumption and hydration.
  • Portable Protein: Walking around in the hot sun and partying in the evening can take a toll on your physical health. To get your through the long days, pack some Go Raw bars to snack on along with some SANO portable premium plant-based proteins which can be coveniently mixed in your Camelbak.
  • Ear Plugs: Protect your ears from the sets with loud decibels. You can also use them at night to help sleep, while people party all night long. You may also want to pack ibuprofen in case of headaches.
  • Smartphone Charger and Power Banks: At some point your phone will die, so make sure to purchase a solar-powered bank to capture those Instagram moments.
  • Suntan Lotion and Lip Balm: It’s important to protect from the damaging UV rays that cause our skin to dry out and age.

Personal Items: In the Campgrounds

  • Toiletries: While Coachella’s campgrounds have showers, toiletries are not provided so make sure to bring travel-sized body wash, shampoo, conditioner, towel, deodorant, toilet paper (porta-potty TP is no-good!), and eyedrops for the dust.
  • Personal Care: For the ladies, any makeup and personal female hygiene products,and for the men hair product and travel cologne. It’s always handy to have some travel sized hand sanitizers too.
  • Skin Care: Sunscreen is very important in the desert. Don't forget lotion and moisturizer to rehydrate your skin.
  • Oral hygiene: Goes without being said, but pack a toothbrush, plenty of toothpaste (you’d be surprised how many people will forget this!), floss and any other personal hygiene products.
  • Medication: Any regular medications, allergy medicines, ibuprofen, Vitamin B12 and other daily supplements.

Coachella (non) Essentials

  • Restrictions: glass products, metal/steel water bottles, coolers, drones, selfie-sticks, fireworks, drugs, glow sticks, laser pointers, aerosol cans, pets, umbrellas, video cameras, firearms, and weapons. Fanny packs are permissible!
  • Not Advised: It tends to get very hot and dusty in the desert, so essentially anything that can melt should be left home (stick deodorants, soaps, chocolate edibles, etc).  You should assume your footwear will be very dirty, if not ruined.

That concludes our list of essentials (and non-essentials) for you to bring to Coachella 2019!  We hope you have a blast and please let us know if we missed anything.  

 


Infrared Saunas to Detox & Energize from the Inside

SANO Editorial

In today’s always on-the-go lifestyle, you likely aren’t feeling your #SANOself day in and day out.  How would you feel if we told you about an impactful way to purify your body of the toxins and stress that keep you operating at peak performance?  Infrared saunas are super hot right now—figuratively and literally.  Deep, cellular sweating is key to detoxify and energize your body, and it also provides you a great opportunity to digitally detox and relax too.  In the sections that follow, we inform you of an effective way to detox the impurities that are trapped inside of your body. 

What is Chromotherapy? Chromotherapy is the science of using colors as a therapeutic tool. Chromotherapists claim that sunlight can be used in form of colors to heal the mind, spirit, and lack of energy from body. They believe that colors have an untold story that can help heal our body and spirit. Colors have ability to affect our emotions, perception and can calm down or inspire us. Each of the seven chakras (or energy centres) in the human body is linked to a precise organ or system and can be manipulated by means of a specific color. An unbalanced Chakra causes various health issues in the body.

Infrared vs. Traditional Saunas. Traditional steam and hot rock saunas typically function at extremely high temperatures that are commonly set in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit creating an uncomfortable heat environment for most people.  The invisible part of the sun’s spectrum that provides the heat is infrared light.  Infrared light is responsible for everything living. Full spectrum saunas emit three infrared wavelengths independent of each other: near, mid, and far. Far infrared saunas are the most common on the market and penetrate the human tissue providing for a deep, detoxifying sweat.  At optimal frequencies, the different wavelengths can precisely target specific benefits.

Health Benefits. Sweating is a way of detoxifying impurities from the body, and most humans don’t do it enough.  The regular use of infrared or chromolight therapy saunas can help purify the body from the inside out benefitting mental, physical, and spiritual recovery.  Below are the benefits that the infrared spectrum has on the body:

  • NEAR: cell health/immunity, wound healing, anti-aging
  • MID: improved circulation, weight loss, pain relief
  • FAR: detoxification, lowered blood pressure, relaxation

Pre, During and Post-Sauna. Prior to entering an infrared sauna you will want to take the necessary procedures to prepare your body for the increase in core body temperature. In addition to consuming half your body weight in water throughout the day for peak hydration, you will want to consume at least 12 ounces of water just prior to your session.  The optimal sauna session occurs for a period of 40 minutes with temperatures ranging from 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  To get your body accustomed, you may want to begin with 15-20 minute sessions at 100 degrees Fahrenheit every second or third day. You may notice that your body does not immediately sweat during these sessions, which is completely normal.  Regular use of infrared saunas will provide increased sweating removing toxins from your body to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.  After your sauna, you’ll want to consume at least 24 ounces of liquids.  You may choose to re-hydrate with water, beverages that include electrolytes, or nutrient-dense plant-based protein, like SANO.   

Benefits Associated with Color.  Some colors soothe while others excite. Some help focus while others free the mind. Some important chromolight therapy colors and their effects on the human body are summarized below:

  • RED: activates the circulatory and nervous system
  • STRONG PINK: acts as a cleanser, strengthening the veins and arteries
  • PINK: activates and eliminates impurities from the blood stream
  • ORANGE: energizes and eliminates localized fat; helps address asthma and bronchitis
  • STRONG YELLOW: strengthens the body and acts on the internal tissues
  • YELLOW: reactivates and purifies the skin; helps with indigestion and bodily distress
  • GREEN: acts as a nerve relaxant
  • STRONG GREEN: provides anti-infectious, anti-septic and regenerative stimulation
  • STRONG BLUE: lubricates joints and articulations; helps address infections, stress and nervous tension
  • BLUE: stimulates muscle and skin cells, nerve and the circulatory system
  • INDIGO: helps address inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, ocular fatigue or nose bleeds
  • VIOLET: relaxes the nerves and lymphatic system; addresses inflammations and urinary illness

Now is the time to experience inner-body vitality, muscle and organ relaxation, detoxification, pain relief, improved cell health, better circulation, anti-aging, skin purification, and weight loss a.k.a. the “holy grail” that are provided through the regular use of infrared saunas.   


Benefits of Turmeric

SANO Editorial

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that has been used for centuries. This native Southeast Asia medicinal root is a cousin to ginger and is known for its distinctive orange color and full flavor profile.  Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, has proven to provide disease combative potential and preventative health benefits.  Here are some key health reasons you should include curcumin in your healthy diet.    

What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the immune system’s reaction to foreign stimuli.  The immune system expands blood vessels around the effected areas to allow more blood flow to reach the injured tissue sending defense cells to speed the recovery and healing process. The physical signs on this response include internal body heat, swelling and redness. Once the foreign stimulus disappears, the immune system returns to normal and the inflammation symptoms disappear.

When you get a cold, the mucous membranes in the nose react to the foreign stimulus with an inflammation reaction by swelling leading to a stuffy nose that is eventually accompanied by a cold.  This common discomfort similar to the body’s reaction to a cut or ear infection mean the body recognizes this foreign harm-causing bacteria and is reacting to rid itself of the current ailment.

Sometimes the body’s response does not work in unison providing painful debilitating conditions that can last long periods of time. Inflammation is present in all parts of the body, so it’s important to understand how it could impact your life and while turmeric is not meant to treat or cure any of these conditions, it can be used as a supplement to benefit some ailments.

Joint Inflammation. There are several ailments that could be the cause of joint inflammation leading to pain, swelling, tenderness, a warming feeling of the joint, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is one inflammatory condition that causes similar symptoms like pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Studies have been conducted that indicate curcumin could be beneficial to those suffering from joint inflammation because of its ability to support the body’s inflammation response.  Other studies have found that curcumin may also work as a natural painkiller providing reduction of joint pain as well as pain from other causes, like nerve damage.   

Digestive Health.  Inflammation could also be linked to the digestive system with the most common conditions being bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and acid reflux. Digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s are all caused when chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract is present creating serious cause for concerns that need to be addressed.  Unfortunately, such diseases can not be treated with conventional medications without major side effects.

Studies have indicated that individuals with digestive diseases who supplemented curcumin along with and after stopping the standard anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids) were able to reduce or maintain their normal inflammation markers. Further, curcumin has also been linked to reduce inflammatory compounds in the intestines by strengthening the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from passing through the intestines and reaching other critical organs, such as the kidneys and liver.

Cognitive Health. Inflammation has also been linked to brain health having effects on memory and mood. Studies have linked Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of neurodegenerative dementia—to severe cases of inflammation. When inflammatory molecules are not properly regulated, neuroinflammation can kickstart Alzheimer’s disease and rapidly progress. While not a treatment for Alzheimer’s, curcumin continues to be studied as a potential treatment that is yielding promising results.  Senior citizens in India—where curcumin is a popular staple—have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance.

Turmeric is full of flavor, color and health benefits making curcumin a noteworthy staple that should be added to any healthy diet. In selecting a turmeric supplement make sure that it contains piperine, which is a natural compound found in black pepper that helps to enhance curcumin absorption by the body.  The use of turmeric in combination with a nutrient-dense whole food plant-based diet and active lifestyle will maximize the potential benefits on your health.